by Eric Prokesh
Talk to any agent these days and be prepared to listen to complaints about low inventory. That appears to go double for historic Fairmount, with its period charm, its proximity to the trendy restaurants and bars of Magnolia, and millions in city funds committed to rejuvenate the South Side.
Better move fast: this 2125 square foot, 4 bedroom, 2 full bath, craftsman bungalow at 2209 Hurley has all of the curb appeal and allure fans of Fairmount crave, and, owing to thoughtful updates, all of the amenities for modern living. The home is a hefty 2125 square feet on a .16 acre treed lot. Could you find a more welcoming front porch?
Built in 1910, with a historic designation, the buoyant color palette gives the residence a fresh contemporary appearance. The full front porch is a near essential for the Fairmount lifestyle where residents habitually end even the warmest days of the year with a glass of wine watching neighborhood children at play.
Entering a vestibule which gives the large living area added formality, one notices the period details — original foot-print and period hardwoods and moldings. High ceilings and ample windows give the interior a light, spacious appearance sometimes lacking in some of Fairmount’s hundred year old cottages. Extensive shoring to the pier and beam removes foundation work from the to-do list.
Appealing revamping of the kitchen, high end steel appliances, large farmhouse sink, tin ceilings and new tile and backsplash, are conducive to entertaining. An auxiliary enclosed porch which functions as a breakfast room, leads to the addition of a large master suite which increases the more usual 2-1 Fairmount configuration . The sizable bedroom gives on to a modern bathroom, complete with double sink, dressing table, soaker tub and steam shower.
Eric Prokesh is an interior designer whose work has appeared on HGTV, in books and publications includingDHome, Southern Accents, House Beautiful, and House and Garden. In January 2005, HG named Eric one of the 50 tastemakers in America and DHome has included him as one of Dallas’ Best Designers for 10 years. Having lived most of his life in Dallas, he now calls Fort Worth home and is one of our experts on beautiful Fort Worth Dirt.